Minority teacher speaks out about recruitment experience

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Lenoris Dixon teaches seventh grade business education at Grand Ridge School.

"I left the military, came back home and wanted to teach," Dixon said.

Dixon said he heard about the Jackson County School Board's minority recruitment efforts.

"I just wanted to do something to make a difference within my community, so that's when I decided to apply for a teacher position and get involved with the process that I knew that the NAACP and the Jackson County School Board were doing for minority teachers," Dixon said.

He said he's made a connection with his students who are also minority.

"It makes me feel great to know that I grew up in Jackson County and I myself am now a minority teacher and I can show others that you can be anything that you want to be," Dixon said.

To any minority considering a job in education-- Dixon said go for it, but make sure you're in it for the right reasons.

"We need teachers who are going to stand by our children and show them that there is a brighter future for them and to help them create a future that will be brighter for those who come after them," Dixon said.

A little more than halfway into his first year teaching, Dixon said his students' smiles confirm he's doing what he was meant to do.

"That's been the best feeling about this job and knowing that you have some ups and downs, but through it all they'll get valuable lessons from your teaching," Dixon said.

The school district holds a recruitment meeting each month. Dixon will be speaking at Wednesday's meeting.

The minority recruitment meeting starts at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon at the Jackson County School Board office.